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The Ring and I: The Passion, The Myth, The Mania


"The Ring and I" is a story about the love affair between hundreds of thousands of people and one, colossal, controversial and awe-inspiring piece of work, Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung. Join us this Sunday for this special program on Public Radio Presents.

This is an examination of the ways Wagner's Ring Cycle has inspired passion, impacted culture, and invited controversy over the last 125 years. Hosted by Jad Abumrad, "The Ring and I" asks what many of the uninitiated must wonder: "What's the big deal?"

This journey, intended for both devoted fans and newcomers alike, visits with a diverse cast of characters who weigh in with their answers to this complex question, including interviews with film composer Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings), playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America), Jungian psychologist Laurie Layton Schapira, rock guitarist Gary Lucas and many more.

Join us this Sunday, May 17 at 7 p.m.

Can tune in on Sunday? Missed the program? Complete audio of "The Ring and I" is available here.